Kamani Auditorium

Kamani Auditorium is one of the most renowned theaters of New Delhi. Some of the best National and International performances in theater, dance and music have been held here. It is located centrally at the cultural node of Mandi House area. The auditorium can be approached using the city’s bus service. The New Delhi Metro station is just 5 minutes away and thus provides easy and fast connectivity. The exact address of this auditorium is 1, Copernicus Marg.

The building has a very elegant structure with aesthetic designs. Before constructing it, the designs and features of various world class theater halls across the globe were studied. Inputs were solicited from leading professionals of the field at that time. These rigorous efforts led to the incorporation of the best technology available at that time.

The stage is one of the best in the city being 15 meters wide and 14 meters deep. This makes it possible for performances which involve a number of persons. The depth can also be used to provide multiple backdrops based on the requirement of the performance. The lighting of the stage can be done quite elaborately using the 21 flying bars which are 14 meters high. These can also be used to change scenes quickly in a play. The acoustics are world class. JBL speakers reverberate the auditorium dispersing the treble and bass with finesse and the right boom. The Crown amplifiers and the 32 channel Soundcraft mixer enables the sound to be delivered just perfectly, whether it is the vocals or electric guitar of a percussion instrument. The drama of the performance can be enhanced by the lighting equipment which comprise of Profiles, Pars, Victories and other similar professional lights. These are connected using a soft patching system in a computerized mode linked to a Bullfrog Control Panel and thus can be preset and changed as per the need. The seating capacity of this theater is for 632 persons. External customer queries are addressed using a direct inward dialing system. Internal communication between the stage and the control room is done using mobile communication. CCTVs have been installed across the auditorium for enhanced security.

The Bhartiya Kala Kendra Trust owns and manages the Kamani auditorium. Started in 1971, this auditorium has been a part of the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra Complex. This also consists of the famous College of Indian Dance and Music. The trust built this auditorium to enable cultural performances to be staged as a part of the Shriram Bhartiya Kala Kendra’s objective of propagating Indian Classical and Folk music, dance and drama.

Over the last few decades, the aesthetics of the hall, foyer, mezzanine, green rooms, toilets and office among others have had measurable improvements in keeping up with the times. The sound and light systems have also been upgraded. To ensure uninterrupted power supply, a sub-station along with Power backup generator has been installed. A well equipped cafeteria serves snacks and beverages for the spectators.

The hall can be booked by anyone by enquiring about the availability on a given date. The enquiries can be done on phone or by a personal visit to the auditorium office. To book, a contract form available on the website as well as the office needs to be filled out and submitted. There are various time slots available which can be booked based on the performance. The area to be used and the specifications of the sound and light system required need to be mentioned by the hirer. The hirer will also need to avail of a performance license from the appropriate authorities. Guidance on this is provided at the auditorium office.


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